Friday, 29 May 2015

LIVING IT UP - 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House

I have always wanted to attend the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Every year gorgeous pictures would fill my inbox via my favourite bloggers about the show’s fantastic design credentials.  I therefore assume that everyone else knows what is, that is until yesterday when I was telling someone about my recent fantastic trip to New York courtesy of Modenus on #BlogTourNYC.  So for the uninitiated the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House is actually a fundraiser for a the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a programme that has helped more than 12,000 children of which more than half live below the poverty line.  The decorator show house every year transform a Mansion on the Upper East Side into a showcase for trendsetting ideas in home decoration. It brings together the crème de la crème of the design world, each decorating one room or area, with the designers having cart blanche but only a tiny working window (often only 4-6 weeks) to conceive and install their rooms.
The room’s are lavishly designed and created to dazzle, although occasionally they befuddle me but thankfully not this year. This year 22 designers worked their magic on the Arthur Sachs Mansion. Designers that included Jamie Drake, Mark Sikes, Thom Filicia and Christopher Peacock.

All parties end up in the kitchen at some point in my experience.  So it made sense that one of this year’s Show House sponsors Dacor hosted a pre-opening breakfast party for the #BlogTourNYC group in the masculine and practical kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock (Dacor provided all the kitchen appliances).
I don’t think I can adequately convey my absolute lust for various elements of this inviting space. The dark painted custom cabinetry, the burr wood counter of the island, the gadgets such as the smart tablet screen in the oven controls (by Dacor, Discovery iQ wall ovens), the planted herb garden, the drawers for coffee capsules, spices and knives….. these things top my list but there was so much more. Everywhere I looked I found something else to love, want or quite frankly need in my life.
I was not familiar with Dacor at all before I visited Kips Bay Decorator Show House, but the products they included were exceptionally high-end appliances, they are just not over here in Europe. Yet. 

– hello I’d like that fabulous stacking oven btw especially as it means I could turn it on before I even get home via an app. Yes, crazy magical stuff in my book  

The room was quite practical even with all the luxury elements like oversized polished brass light fixtures and Lalique accessories. Form and function didn’t give out to trend and bling. Well not too much. I am always inspired and this year it happened in person.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House is open seven days a week from now until June 11th. For more information on The Show House visit

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